32 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Osteopathic Medicine Program Course of Study The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine has a dedicated faculty; well established affiliations with medical centers, hospitals, and health care systems; a nationally recognized rural medicine program; and a mission to educate the finest osteopathic physicians possible. We place our students and residents at the nation’s fourth largest public hospital system—the North Broward Hospital District—and at our many other regional academic centers throughout Florida and several other states to improve continuity and coordination of clinical education within our vast and growing clinical training network. Our innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission. The design of the curriculum is based on successful academic models—carefully developed and integrated. It emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding students to develop a holistic, and more importantly, an osteopathic approach to medicine. We continually correlate basic scientific information with fundamental clinical application. Students are exposed to clinical settings in their first year, which gives them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine. This clinical exposure continues into the second year when students have increased opportunity to interact with standardized patients on campus as well as be involved, under physician supervision, with real patients in the office and hospital setting. A notable aspect of the clinical program is a required, threemonth rotation in rural or urban underserved practice settings. In rural and urban underserved clinics throughout the state of Florida, nationally, and internationally, our students provide health care to medically underserved and indigent patients. Our students learn to treat various patients whose lifestyles, practices, and attitudes toward health care differ from those seen in more traditional training sites. This enriching educational experience is one that cannot be taught in the classroom. Physicians are members of health care teams, and NSU promotes interdisciplinary cooperation whenever possible. Students share faculty members and campus facilities with NSU’s other health professionals, such as pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, and nursing students.